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« on: August 04, 2019 06:37:27 PM »

I get email from a local permaculture group and the other day a lovely woman I used to work with posted photos from her garden of these unusual berries up for trade. We harvested some cucumber and zucchini from our garden to exchange for this lovely stuff. The currants are positively unworldly, aren't they? They look like silky little fish eggs with orangey centres swimming inside.


As tasty as they are on their own, we couldn't see eating a pint each before they might have started to fade so I pulled off all the stems (not inedible but I've read they can lend a rather grassy sort of flavour that isn't as pleasant as without) and put them on to simmer in enough water to cover by an inch.


Here is the juice with the pulp strained out. I could have used much more water because it is quite strong and tart, lovely but powerful.


I added sugar, enough that it sweetened the sour edge, and simmered until reduced by half. It's so interesting how boiling with sugar clarifies the cloudiness. I wonder how that alchemy works, exactly...


There was just a bit more than this small jelly jar, we had it with soda water and wow, did it ever fizz up! Very tasty, I would drink it like this with mint and crushed ice for a refreshing hydrator. It could also be good with vodka or rum, even brandy I think since the flavour is so strong. It's a bit reminiscent of rhubarb, indescribable really.


Thanks Anna! We'll trade with you for berries anytime!
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« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2019 05:04:54 AM »

That looks amazingly delicious!
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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2019 05:27:27 AM »

I've never seen berries like this!  Wow!  Shocked
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« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2019 06:21:30 AM »

I have some friends who are really into gardening and growing unusual, or rather non-typical varieties of plants. We generally see a very narrow selection of things in the grocery store and even garden centres, there are usually dozens of types that are no longer common because they are not as tasty or uniform or quick to grow and therefore not as economically viable. For example; 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States. 7,500 varieties of apples are grown throughout the world. 100 varieties of apples are grown commercially in the United States. I think I may have tried less than a dozen in my life time. How wild is that?!

Anyhow, the jelly didn't set up very firm, it might have done if I'd added some apple peel. I mixed some with cream cheese for this morning's toast and mmm mmm delicious!
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« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2019 09:55:03 AM »

I've never seen berries like this!  Wow!  Shocked

Gooseberry pie is AMAZING!
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« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2019 03:59:30 AM »

Translucent berries! So cool!
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« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2019 10:47:38 AM »

That sounds lovely my dear!
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« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2019 10:48:07 AM »

Those berries are so pretty and yummy!
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« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2019 10:06:09 AM »

Gorgeous berries.
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« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2019 06:10:38 PM »

Delicious deliciousness!
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